Entry Routes and Application Process

In 2016, NUI Galway launched two new part-time options for those looking to study on the MA in Journalism. Applications can be made through PAC (www.pac.ie) for both GYA77 (MA in Journalism (part-time)) and GYA76 (MA in Journalism for Practitioners (part-time)). The former is suitable for anyone interested in studying on the MA in Journalism but unable, for whatever reason, to commit to a full-time course of study. The latter is aimed at current journalism professionals who intend to continue working in the field while pursuing their studies.
We continue to welcome applications to our long-standing full-time programme.

Click here for information on how to apply, entry requirements, career options and assessment.

NUI Galway has recently announced a new scholarship, worth €6,000, for a student on the MA in Journalism, the PJ Mara Scholarship in Journalism  http://www.nuigalway.ie/postgrad/scholarships/pj_mara_scholarship.html.  

Module Offerings and Course Developments

In 2015, NUI Galway introduced a Data Journalism module as part of its MA in Journalism, thought to be the first such module in any MA programme in Ireland, and one of only a few worldwide. Data Journalism is an increasingly central part of contemporary journalism practice. Inclusion of this module, delivered by Bahareh Heravi of Insight@NUI Galway, ensures that graduates of our programme are equipped with the tools necessary to thrive in today’s rapidly changing environment.

Core modules on the MA in Journalism include News Writing and Reporting; Features Journalism; Broadcasting (with a special focus on radio broadcasting); Media Law; Media Ethics; a work placement and a Research Dissertation. Optional modules allow students to broaden their skill-set, and focus on areas of journalism practice of particular interest to them. Available topics vary by year, but have in recent years included the following: data journalism, archival work, online video, contemporary publishing, political reporting, and cultural journalism.
Many of our modules are taught by practicing professionals, allowing a bridge between theory and practice that ensures students emerge from the programme with the skills needed to thrive in the field.

Students on the MA in Journalism for Practitioners apply reflective practice to their continuing work in the field, in lieu of a work placement and the core module in their existing area of practice (i.e. Someone already working in broadcasting need not take the broadcasting module, while a news reporter would not take our module on news writing).